UCONN Adult Learning Program - Single Sessions - Spring 2016
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Single Sessions - Spring 2016


SSS-01 A Memoir Presentation and Discussion - Seabury Heritage Hall
Ivan Backer * , 2/11 * 1:00-2:30

Ivan Backer, ALP Co-Chair, will speak about and answer questions relating to his recently published memoir, My Train to Freedom: A Jewish Boy's Journey from Nazi Europe to a Life of Activism. Ivan's story details escaping Holocaust terror in Czechoslovakia as one of 669 children leaving Prague on Nicholas Winton's Kindertransport trains for safety in England. After a dangerous cross-Atlantic voyage in 1944 Ivan arrived in America where he wrestled with the question "Why was I spared?" Following the session, books will be available for purchase and signing.
SSS-02 The Harlem Renaissance: Politics, Arts and Letters - Seabury Heritage Hall
Jeffrey Ogbar, Professor of History, UCONN * , 2/15 * 10:00-12:00

This course will be a brief history of the Harlem Renaissance (1919-1935), The Harlem Renaissance Revisited: Politics, Arts and Letters.
SSS-03 Seismic Shifts Redefining the Religious Landscape - Seabury Heritage Hall
Scott Thumma * , 2/24 * 10:00-12:00

Over the past few decades major changes in the nation's cultural and societal patterns have created a tenuous situation for religious communities in the USA. Many traditional congregations are struggling as a result of dynamics and pockets of innovation and vitality offering hope for a promising, but revised, religious future. Join us to learn about these changing dynamics and explore the inventive new forms of religious communities beginning to take shape.
SSS-04 States' Rights and the 2016 Election - Seabury Heritage Hall
Renny Fulco, Associate Professor, Director, PBPL Program, Trinity College * , 3/4 * 1:00-3:00

The course will explore the history of states' rights claims dating back to the Civil War era, their evolution and resiliency, and the impact of those claims on the contemporary Republican and Democratic Party and electoral politics in America.
SSS-05 IN FOCUS-Photographers from a Female Perspective - Seabury Heritage Hall
Jackie Fastaia, Museum Docent/Lecturer * , 3/15 * 10:30-12:00

IN FOCUS-Through the Eyes of Female Photographers is a survey of twentieth century photographers to the present. Learn about the personal lenses through which these female photographers turned a sympathetic and sometimes clinical eye on their subjects. The rich and diverse photographs range from the documentary, ordinary people, and cultural stereotypes, to the nude, high fashion models and celebrity culture.
SSS-06 The Controversy Over Immigration - Seabury Heritage Hall
Philip Kellerman, Migrant/Immigrant Advocate * , 3/31 * 1:00-3:00

Many believe that the current U.S. immigration system is broken. Why? Are there solutions? Why is there such disagreement about what to do with the millions of undocumented persons in this country, and what to do with immigrants who still wish to come to the U.S.? The presenter will share his 25 years plus experience with migrant farmworkers and other immigrants to highlight current immigration policies and the effect that they have on immigrants and U.S. citizens.
SSS-07 Lovely Roses: Favorites from a Rosarian's Garden - Seabury Heritage Hall
Marcie Martin, Master Consulting Rosarian * , 4/8 * 10:00-12:00

Come to enjoy pictures of some of Marci Martin's favorite roses from her gardens in Windsor, CT. Find out how to grow roses for yourself at this, the beginning of the growing season. Feel free to bring all your rose gardening questions as we prepare to de-mystify rose growing!
SSS-08 Does ISIS represent Islam or Muslims? - Seabury Heritage Hall
Sami A. Aziz and John Parent, Hartford Seminary Students * , 4/27 * 1:00-2:30

CLASS RE-SCHEDULED FROM APRIL 8TH. ISIS claims justification for violence toward Muslims and other faith groups, in many verses of the Koran and Hadith (prophetic tradition). This brief presentation will answer those claims.
SSS-09 Color of Justice - Seabury Heritage Hall
Gloria Francesca Mengual, Program Officer for Everyday Democracy * , 4/13 * 1:00-3:00

CPTV in 2013 broadcast the documentary that exposed the disproportionate involvement of minority youth in Connecticut's juvenile justice system and the unequal consequences they suffered within the system. It also explored the idea of "implicit bias," unconscious judgements that human beings are wired to make, though we can make conscious choices that help us act with fairness. The film profiles efforts to make our state's juvenile justice system fairer for all young people.
SSS-10 Lincoln's Presidential Leadership - Seabury Heritage Hall
J. Ronald Spencer, Lecturer in History, Emeritus, Trinity College * , 4/19 * 1:00-3:00

In leading the Union through the fiery trial of civil war, Abraham Lincoln confronted many formidable challenges. This course will examine the sources of his success in meeting those challenges. Particular attention will be given to 1) the extraordinary qualities of mind, temperament, and personality that he brought to the task of presidential leadership, and 2) his eloquence in endowing the Union cause with noble purpose and defending such controversial policies as emancipation and the enlistment of African American soldiers.
SSS-11* Industrial Revolution - Slater Mill - Offsite Other
Richard Woodring, Professor of Civil Engineering, Emeritus, Drexel University * , 4/28 * 9:00-4:00

In 1793, local artisans and laborers were hired to construct a wooden structure suitable for the manufacture of cotton thread. Here Samuel Slater's machines produced the first cotton thread, making Slater Mill the first successful water-powered cottonspinning factory in America. We will have a guided tour led by a trained professional. We'll visit Slater Mill, Sylvanus Brown House and Wilkinson Mill. Following our tour we'll head to Providence for lunch at Spirito's Restaurant of famous Federal Hill located in a grand Victorian style home. Space is limited. Call Jodi Morrissey 860-243-6035 for reservations. Cost $76 including lunch. Size Limit: 50
SSS-12 Sunken Garden Poet: Heather McHugh - Seabury Heritage Hall
Bernita and Ralph Sundquist * , 5/10 * 10:00-12:00

Heather McHugh is a bright and funny poet who will delight you with her wit and humor. She is also an intellectually deep poet who will challenge you to think. She will be the first poet to appear in the 2016 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, which celebrates word and music on the beautiful grounds of the Hill-Stead Museum and is presented by the Museum and other sponsors. Copies of several of her poems will be provided for reading in class, with time for comments and discussion.